A monarch butterfly's wing patterns may ultimately provide clues as to where it was born. This could help researchers learn more about the iconic creatures' annual migration.
In 2016, the nation's 450 national wildlife refuges will host several free days. Gonna walk, drive, or gator-watch there?
Long seasonal migrations can lower parasite prevalence North American monarch butterflies since the journeys ultimately put a greater distance between uninfected and infected individuals.
Female monarchs have thicker wings that make them sturdier and more efficient fliers than their male counterparts, a key attribute that increases their chances of survival during annual migrations.
Unlike their human counterparts in California, Monarch butterflies are actually benefitting from the longstanding drought – more specifically, they're thriving on drought-tolerant milkweed which homeowners are planting to replace more thirsty lawns.
Every year, monarch butterflies migrate south or west to escape cold northern climates. To better understand this annual migration, reseachers from Washington State University have been breeding and releasing butterflies that are labeled with identification stickers.
Here's an update on Monarchs, British butterflies, DNA mapping, and the book A Butterfly Journey: Maria Sibylla Merian Artist and Scientist, among other things fluttery and pollinator-oriented.
It's no secret that in recent years, US honeybee and butterfly populations have been in serious decline. Though it wouldn't be the first time, now the federal government is stepping in, announcing its plan to boost numbers of these helpful pollinators.
It's no secret that the world's pollinators have been having a rough time of things these past few decades. It's also no secret that pesticides - at least in part - are to blame. Now new research has determined that sprays commonly used to control mosquito populations in the United States may also be having an adverse effect on common butterfly populations.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is being sued for its alleged failure to protect the monarch butterfly, a species that has gained significant attention as its numbers decline across the country, reports announced Friday.
The federal government is stepping up to save the declining monarch butterfly, announcing Monday its plan to spend $3.2 million on habitat restoration for the species.
Monarch butterflies, which have recently been facing severe habitat loss in the United States, are slowly making a comeback, showing conservationists that they are down, but not out.
Efforts to save the declining monarch butterfly across the United States may have severely backfired, with many gardeners unwittingly trapping and exposing these near-endangered insects to harmful parasites.
Mexican officials from the World Wildlife Fund are expressing their optimism that the monarch butterfly population may soon rebound, as the deforestation of their wintering habitats is showing signs of having significantly slowed.